Middle School Environmental Science Courses

Trees For Tomorrow now offers inquiry-based course offerings for middle grades. All of these courses are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and focus on the science behind resource management while staying true to our mission of providing a transformative educational experience to our students.

Program options are thematic and build on the content and skills learned in previous lessons. Most students begin with Thermal Adaptations and all students participate in Introduction to Environmental Science Skills before any other lessons. Teachers can select lessons from one unit or combine lessons from all three units. Thematic units are: Natural Systems, Water Ecology, and Geology/Soils.

All Middle School Environmental Science Lesson Descriptions

Standards Matrix - How individual lessons connect with Next Generation Science Standards

Class Summaries/Course Guides for Day and Evening Programs

Introduction or Core Activities

Natural Systems (Land Use and Wildlife)

Water Systems

Geology and Soils


Additional Middle School Program Options


Honor a Civilian Conservation Corps veteran today!
Trees For Tomorrow and countless donors have worked to bring a CCC Worker Statue to our campus in Eagle River.  Sunday, June 14, 2015, we dedicated the Civilian Conservation Corps Worker Statue!  We have raised 100% of the $28,000 needed to purchase and install the statue.  Additional funding is now needed for phase 2 of the project - education and beautification. 
The statue will be the centerpiece of an outdoor exhibit designed to:
  • EDUCATE students and adults about early conservation efforts, Trees For Tomorrow’s history, and the CCC legacy.
  • INSPIRE people to make responsible lifestyle choices and be good stewards of our natural resources.
  • HONOR the men of the CCC.
  • REMEMBER their lasting legacy.
The idea for this project was generated in August of 2013, when Trees For Tomorrow observed the 80th anniversary of the Civilian Conservation Corps during our annual Forest Fest. 
CCC veteran Richard Chrisinger who served at Camp Rusk near Troy, Wis., pledged $15,000 toward the project on the condition that Trees For Tomorrow raise the remaining $12,000-$15,000 needed.
With your help, and the help of others who feel passionate about the men of the CCC and their accomplishments, we raised enough to order and place the statue.
What you can do
1. Honor a CCC veteran by purchasing a wooden nameplate (sample below) to be added to a commemorative plaque that is displayed near the statue. Proceeds from the nameplate sale will be used to pay for phase 2 of the project - education and beautification.
Nameplate sample. Actual size 8 inches x 1.5 inches.
2. Make a donation of any amount. Make checks payable to Trees For Tomorrow and send to:
            Trees For Tomorrow-Statue Fund
            PO Box 609
            Eagle River, WI  54521

Trees For Tomorrow is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible as permitted by law.

More information
Trees For Tomorrow fundraising efforts: Contact Cheryl Todea at 715.479-6456, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Banquet Fundraiser Volunteer Opportunities
Saturday, November 5, 2016, Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay, Wisconsin
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Trees For Tomorrow and its Board of Directors are excited to host a banquet fundraiser to support natural resource education and sustainable forestry outreach to our aspiring youth.  Proceeds of the live auction will go directly towards the purchase of equipment and supplies so that students can experience real-life science experiments and data collection regarding environmental science and sustainability.

If you are interested in supporting our cause as a volunteer, please contact Kristine Greb at (715) 891-7607.

Volunteers will help to set-up, clean up, check in and check out guests, greet guests, keep time, run music and visuals, lighting, take pictures, and help with the live auction.  More specifically, we will need someone to record the auction item buyer and amount, someone to enter it into our software, several additional people to help record fund-a-need donations since they come in fast.  (Need several to record fund-a-need to make sure no one got missed in the record.) Need one volunteer for every 50 people to help with auction.

Volunteers should plan on arriving on event day at 3:00 pm.  Pizza, soda, and water will be provided for dinner.  About one week prior to the event we will have a meeting with all the volunteers at the venue to review the job duties.  At that time 2-3 volunteers will be trained on how to use the check in/check out software.  We encourage you to ask about being seated for dinner, some positions would allow this!

Listed below are each of the position descriptions.  We hope you’ll join us in supporting our cause through volunteer work! 



Position Date



Are you an extrovert?  Do you love a challenge?  Be brave and fearless helping us raise funds and donations for our event.  You'll make phone calls to various organizations and ask for their support as a sponsorship or through a donation to our raffles and auctions.   You'll follow up with sending them sponsorship or donation forms and arrange for pickup of items.)

3-6 months prior to event

Self-paced position to starts 3-6 months prior up until event.


The ultimate worker bee job:  this is the no-frills (come in your grungy jeans) set-up crew. You'll schlepp, unfold, climb and otherwise lay the framework for the entire evening.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Are you the designated present-wrapper in your household? Do you have a knack for making anything look nice? Do you have an eye for design?  If yes, we need you for decorating.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Attendee Registration

Are you comfortable with data and computers?  We need computer-savvy volunteers.  Welcome and thank attendees for coming as they enter the banquet; Complete attendee registration form (important to get complete information, as this information may be used for payment follow-up and future data base, including email); Process attendee registration.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Greeting and Table Seating

You'll help orient guests on the venue, and ensure that guests make it through registration and find their way to the reception, auction items, and their dinner table. 

Saturday, November 05, 2016

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM


Speaks to the attendees on the cause captivating them with a compelling story scripted to match our goal.  The script should be no more than 2 – 3 minutes can be a live speaker, a video, or an audio recording. 

Saturday, November 05, 2016

6:45 PM to 7:00 PM


You will welcome all attendees to the event and share information about the event and our mission.  This position is usually board president and our Executive Director.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

6:00 PM to 6:15 PM

Packets and Bid #s

Efficient and organized, you can handle 15 things at once and make it look like a snap!   Give Auction Catalog to attendee; Direct attendee to auction items/seating area; You'll ensure that guests receive their bidding numbers and other information so that the entire evening runs smoothly! Thank attendees for coming and let them know you are there to answer any questions they may have.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

3:00 PM to 5:30 PM


You could sell ice to an Eskimo and you LOVE chatting with people, especially when you can talk about the fabulous auction items that they won't get anywhere else! You'll answer questions, start bidding wars and congratulate "Buy it Now" winners.  This volunteer gig is high energy and lots of fun.  We need volunteers to walk around the silent auction items and walk around to help guests buy their raffle entries.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Raffle Ticket Sales - Silent Auction

You're a natural-born salesman/saleswoman!  Are you out-going and have what others would call an infectious enthusiasm? We need volunteers to help attendees buy their raffle entries.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Event Photographer

The photographer would bring all of their own equipment (cameras, lenses, power packs, etc). The photographer will photograph the crowd, individuals and capture the mood and feeling of the event. This person will  need to provide a selection of digital images and edit as required.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

4:30 PM to 8:30 PM


Fixers for anything and everything, will help where ever necessary.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

3:30 PM to 6:00 PM

Live Auction Merchandise Handlers

Carry items onto floor for attendees to preview as Auctioneer introduces item; Quickly and effectively move item across stage/through crowd as bidding occurs; show attendees close-up when necessary; move item off floor quickly when sale closes; Work with Auctioneer before auction to determine specific needs.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


If you have boundless energy, pay attention to details and can be quiet as a mouse then this is the volunteer gig for you! We need help with closing silents, running live items to check out , and running docs from recorders to data entry. This volunteer job takes place during the live auction/dinner; if you sign-up for this job you cannot be seated for the dinner.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM


You're great with numbers and are naturally organized. You'll be capturing the top bid amount and bid number for each auction item. If you're handy with numbers, you can keep a tally of the money raised as the live auction proceeds. This volunteer job takes place during the live auction/dinner; if you sign-up for this job you cannot be seated for the dinner.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Live Auction Spotters

Assist Auctioneer by standing in certain sections of the audience, encouraging attendees to bid, helping the auctioneer "catch the bids" and determining attendee number; thank and congratulate attendees and encourage attendees in auction participation. Keep the guests attention. Get to know guests in assigned section before the live auction starts.  This volunteer job takes place during the live auction/dinner; if you sign-up for this job you cannot be seated for the dinner.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Auction Data Entry

Are you comfortable with data and computers?  We need computer-savvy volunteers to track winning bids.  This volunteer job takes place during the live auction/dinner; if you sign-up for this job you cannot be seated for the dinner.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Silent Auction Monitors/Closers

Monitor Silent Auction; Efficiently close items that were purchased at “Guarantee Bid” price. Answer attendee questions; Encourage bidding and conversation about silent items; Remove silent bids when respective silent auction closes; Bring closed bid forms to the "Check Out" area for volunteers to process.  You'll walk the silent auction and remove bidding sheets if an item has been purchased at its "Buy it now" price.  You'll also close the silent auctions at the designated times.  Circle winners' bid numbers and deliver to the registration desk. This job pairs well with "Merchandise Pick-up" if you want to sign up for more volunteer time.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

5:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Attendee Check Out

Thank attendees for their purchase and ask them for their attendee number; Process attendee Check-out; Direct attendee to Merchandise Pick-up area;

Saturday, November 05, 2016

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Merchandise Pick-Up

If you're a worker bee and pay attention to details, we need you! We're looking for volunteers who will give winning items to attendees.  Thank them again for their support; Thank attendees for their purchase; if there is a line, acknowledge attendees in line and thank them for their patience.  You'll ensure guests have their receipt for the evening and will be the last smiling face they see as you hand guests their winnings.  Look at receipt for items purchased; Retrieve items; Mark off items on receipt with an "X"; give receipt back to attendee; Wrap items as needed; Ensure attendee has assistance with carrying items if needed.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Clean Up Crew

Gathers everything left behind (auction items, coats, centerpieces, signage).

Saturday, November 05, 2016

7:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Event Follow up

How can you pass this up?  An opportunity to be thankful for the sponsorships, donations, and the attendance is yours.  Help us send thank you notes and donation receipts.

Monday, November 14, 2016

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM


Banquet Fundraiser
Held Saturday, November 14, 2015, National Railroad Museum, Green Bay, Wisconsin
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors!

  • Georgia Pacific
  • Green Bay Packaging, Inc.
  • Packaging Corp of America
  • Plum Creek Timber Company
  • We Energies
  • Wisconsin Public Service (WPS)
  • Verso Corporation
  • Butch Marita
  • GEI Consultants
  • Tom and Susan Zander
  • David Stoiber
  • Kress Foundation
  • George Stepien

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you to our volunteers, all from Green Bay, who helped set up, check in and greet guests, worked at the bar, and helped our auctioneer, Sterling Strathe, with the silent and live auctions.
Mary Hermans, Stephanie Hermans,
Hope Kaiver, Alex Smeester, and Kathy Zich.

Special Thanks to Wisconsin Public Service for printing and processing the invitations and to Futurewood Corporation for the paper.

Banquet Fundraiser Volunteering

We Exceeded our Goal

The Trees For Tomorrow Banquet Fundraiser held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin had 107 guests and raised a net total of $24,336 for the purchase of needed equipment for our educational programs.

The banquet exceeded its goal by $9,336 or 62%.  This was due to the generosity of our sponsors and guests in attendance.  The three top revenue generators for this event were table sponsorship, live auction, and the fund-in-need appeal.  Thank you Jessica Malcore of Aldo Leopold Community School for sharing your Trees For Tomorrow experience which touched the hearts of everyone in the room and raised $6,850.  Every guest participated by giving in some way either by bidding on silent and live auction items, raising their bid number to give during the fund-in-need appeal, or through the purchase of a cold beverage.  Thank you to John Gerczak at Gerczak’s Liquor for hosting our bar and helping us pick our wines and the selection of craft beers.

We provided ways for our guests to learn more about Trees For Tomorrow through a PowerPoint presentation, posters filled with pictures of our students as well as photos placed around the room for guests to thumb through.

We increased awareness of our strategic goals by placing several posters around the room listing our vision and mission.  Our educators greeted guests during social hour to ask questions and hear inspirational stories of what we do at Trees For Tomorrow.  The educators were the best people for our guests to talk to about our new curriculum and its huge impact on the future success of Trees For Tomorrow.
We reached all of our goals set for this banquet except the 150-attendance goal.


Upcoming Events

Fri Jun 01 @ 7:30AM - 03:30PM
Golf Outing Fundraiser 2018
Sat Jul 28 @ 9:00AM - 03:00PM
Forest Fest 2018
Sat Oct 06 @ 5:00PM - 11:00PM
Cranberry Crush Casino Night & Music Fest
Sat Mar 02 @ 5:00PM - 10:30PM
75th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser

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Upcoming Programs

Sun Jun 17 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Careers Workshop for Highschoolers
Tue Jun 19 @ 9:30AM - 01:30PM
Junior SEEK for 4-7 year olds
Tue Jun 19 @ 7:00PM - 08:00PM
Evening Lecture Series
Wed Jun 20 @10:30AM - 11:30AM
Family Nature Program
Thu Jun 21 @ 8:30AM - 04:30PM
SEEK for 8-12 year olds
Sun Jun 24 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Teacher Workshop I
Sun Jul 15 @ 8:00AM - 05:00PM
Teacher Workshop II
Sat Nov 10 @ 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Wreath Making